GivingTuesday began in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y, a New York City nonprofit as the brainchild of Henry Timms. It was simply designed as a day to encourage people to do good.
Today the organization with the same name supports a global movement in which people can unite in a “celebration of generosity.” It’s always celebrated on the first Tuesday following Thanksgiving Day.
Their web page offers this explanation. “GivingTuesday is an opportunity for people around the world to come together through generosity in all its forms by sharing acts of kindness and giving their voice, time, money, goods, and advocacy to support communities and causes.”
Giving and doing good is obviously a Biblical value and virtue.
“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’” (Ax. 20:35).
“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life” (1 Tim 6:17-19).
“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Gal. 6:10).
GivingTuesday may involve donating one’s time to help a local charity, engaging in a community project, or simply lending a helping hand to someone in need. Giving may be in the form of sharing special skills, talents, and abilities to assist others less fortunate. Giving may also include donating goods or services.
GivingTuesday may be celebrated by giving our monetary resources to various charitable organizations, medical research groups, social programs, or educational institutions.
While, as Christians, doing good ought to be a lifestyle and not a once-a-year activity, GivingTuesday is a wonderful opportunity let our light shine as we join hands and hearts with others who are like-minded.
With so many charities and worthy organizations who request support, we ought to thoughtfully consider our stewardship on the best use of our time, talent, and treasure.
John D. Rockefeller once said, “Giving should be entered into in just the same way as investing. Giving is investing.” Today we can invest in people’s lives that can produce lasting positive results both in time and eternity.
Furthermore, as Francis of Assisi opined, “It is in giving that we receive.” The principle of sowing and reaping comes into play when we contribute. While our motive for giving ought not to be based on getting, it’s both an agricultural law and an axiom of life.
Giving is an opportunity to share our blessings with others. To have fellowship in a good cause. To contribute to the betterment of society. To meet our personal responsibilities. And to make a difference in the lives of others.
Find a way to participate in GivingTuesday. You’ll be glad you did.
“Do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased”(Heb. 13:16).
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman